The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides funds to licensed child and adult care centers, Head Start/Early Start centers, schools and after school meal centers, family or group day care homes as well as emergency/homeless shelters for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.
For those who already participate, the Healthier Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Award is a recognition system that supports the wellness efforts of child care providers, center staff, and home providers participating in CACFP. Caregivers going above and beyond the Program requirements by taking steps to improve the menus, physical activity, professional development, nutrition and wellness environment and/or infant care can apply for an award in one or more of these categories. Three award levels are offered: Honors, High Honors and Highest Honors.
Utah Education Network (UEN)
Utah CACFP Introduction
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
Institutions that provide child or adult day care, family or group day care homes, Head Start, before-and-after school programs, after-school programs and emergency shelters and are licensed or approved by the state or by Child and Adult Care standards for non-residential care, may qualify to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
Reimbursement Estimator Tool
Centers can see how much they will receive as an estimated reimbursement
Please contact the Utah State Board of Education Child Nutrition Program (CNP) for assistance understanding qualification requirements or if you need assistance with the application process.
Training's are designed to introduce new or updated policy, as well as give technical assistance to improve program operation. Training's are free, although there may be costs for meals or additional materials.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Charts:
USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS):
Reimbursement is provided to for-profit and non-profit child care and adult day care centers based on meals served to children at the established free, reduced, and paid rate depending on the eligibility of the child or adult served. Sponsors of Head Start/Early Start, afterschool meal centers, and emergency/homeless shelters are reimbursed at the federally established free rate for meals served to eligible participants.
must be submitted no later than 60 days from the end of the month being claimed
Once a claim has been submitted:
In coordination with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) our office distributes policy memorandums to provide guidance and clarify program requirements and regulations.
Memorandum: New Bulletin Distribution Explanation
A quick tutorial on how our office structures and distributes policy.
The following policy bulletins/memorandums provide urgent or highly requested content:
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Policy
Allows you to search for current and archived USDA/FNS published policy memorandums.